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Old 12-31-2015, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon coast
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I invite all my fellow retirees without a religion of their own to explore The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Our Heaven has a beer volcano.
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Old 12-31-2015, 11:49 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Not quite 65 yet, but retired. I used to, if pressed, say I was agnostic, out of politeness. Lately, though, the far religious right has absolutely pissed me off with insisting on the inclusion of (their specific) religion in government, schools, education.

The heck with that. I am an athiest, I don't have a religion or set of faith-based beliefs. Anyone is entitled to have their own religious beliefs, but pushing them into public context is not fine - as a geologist, creationists and young-earthers particularly annoy me and I do not want that rubbish taught as an "alternate theory" in a science class. Believe it at home if you like, but don't force it into schools.
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Old 12-31-2015, 11:53 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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[b]...no one I know above sixty-five in the U.S. or here in Europe believes in one either.
You must hand-pick your acquaintances accordingly.

I am almost 70. My faith is as strong as if not stronger than it's always been and my prayer life is alive, well and getting better.
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Old 12-31-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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Are atheists aware that eternity is foreaver and foreaver?
You're judging atheists by your own punishing god.
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Old 12-31-2015, 12:50 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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As an Atheist living in the bible belt I have to be a closet Atheist. Can't have the locals burning crosses in my front yard and I'm not even black.

I do pray but so far I can't get all the white balls plus the red ball to match my numbers.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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the problem i would think is who do you talk to during sex ?
I talk to the bees, "honey, oh honey"....
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Monnem Germany/ from San Diego
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Are atheists aware that eternity is foreaver and foreaver?
Of course, but like all other animals we humans are not.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:11 PM
 
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God is not separate from us. "God" is Gratitude, God is Love. I woke up today feeling very close to God. It was an almost tangible sense of gratitude. In my world, God does not grant wishes or make things better or worse. God is.
Who is responsible for all the "bad stuff" of is that just conveniently swept under the rug.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I've been an atheist since about age 15. My mother was a Holy Roller, sent money to mail order and TV ministers although she had very little, etc. Also this was in the South where many churches had restrictions against dancing, going to the movies, drinking, put women in their place, etc. All of this and my interest in science turned me off on religion for good.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:30 PM
 
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I've been an atheist since about age 13 or so, although my mom raised me as a Catholic. Most people assume, from my name and appearance, that I'm a Christian. That was never any real problem until my son married into a Catholic family who likewise assume that I (and he) are Christian. It's awkward at family get-togethers when they start talking about miracles and prayers, because they assume I believe in it... but to me it's the same as if they'd said in all seriousness that Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny had left them a gift. I'd much rather come out of the closet religionwise but I'm reluctant to blow my son's cover, which would almost certainly happen.
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